A devoted husband, father, and renowned scientist and engineer, Donald F. Specht ’55 was born in Harvey, North Dakota. In 1960, he married Suzanne Dimm. An alumnus of SCU, he received his M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. His Ph.D. dissertation was one of the first in the field of artificial neural networks. This pioneering work resulted in important applications in medicine and aerospace. Don co-founded R2 Technology, a company dedicated to using neural networks for the detection of cancer in mammograms and other medical imaging modalities. He spent over 20 years of his career as a senior scientist at Lockheed Martin, twice receiving the Lockheed Robert E. Gross Award for Technical Excellence. Don has been granted over 60 patents and received the IEEE CIS Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2006. After retiring from Lockheed, he and his son David co-founded MAUI Imaging, Inc., helping to significantly advance state-of-the-art medical imaging. While his career accomplishments are impressive, he loved to travel throughout the world, go for long walks around the local golf course, play bocce ball, care for his wonderful family, and play card games. On July 7, 2019, Don passed away. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne, and parents Frank and Irene. He is survived by his children, David Specht; Robyn and grandsons Joe, Nick, and Zach; and Lisa Swarbrick, her husband Tom Swarbrick ’07, and granddaughters Kelly and Grace. He is also survived by his brother, Fr. Joseph Specht.

27 Aug 2019